Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa

Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa (Spanish pronunciation: [ataˈwalpa]) is a multi-purpose stadium in Quito, Ecuador. It is currently used primarily for football matches and has a capacity of 35,724.[3]

Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
El Coloso del Batán
MIRANDO A QUITO DESDE LAS ALTURAS (37628605982).jpg
LocationQuito, Ecuador
Coordinates0°10′39.1″S 78°28′35.7″W / 0.177528°S 78.476583°W / -0.177528; -78.476583
OwnerConcentración Deportiva de Pichincha
OperatorConcentración Deportiva de Pichincha
Capacity35,742[1][2]
Field size105 x 70 m
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke groundMay 1948
Built1948–1951
OpenedNovember 25, 1951
Expanded1977
Project managerMenatlas Quito C.A.
Tenants
Ecuadorian national team
América de Quito
Deportivo Quito
El Nacional
Universidad Católica

OverviewEdit

Built in 1951, it sits at the intersection of the Avenida 6 de Diciembre and Avenida Naciones Unidas, two major streets in Ecuador's capital city. Football clubs Deportivo Quito, El Nacional and Universidad Católica use the facility for their home games, although other prominent teams in the city have used the stadium for home games in the past. The stadium is named after the Inca Emperor Atahualpa. The stadium is located at an elevation of 2,782 metres (9,127 ft).[4]

 
A picture taken at the Atahualpa Stadium during the Football March between Ecuador vs Brazil March 2009

At this venue, the Ecuadorian national football team has defeated Brazil twice, Paraguay three times, and Argentina twice, amongst others, securing their positions in Korea/Japan 2002, Germany 2006, and Brazil 2014. During the qualifying for Germany 2006 and Brazil 2014, Ecuador qualified and remained undefeated at this stadium. This record was broken by Brazil in 2018 World Cup qualification after Brazil defeated Ecuador 0-3 in the stadium.

The current structure is set to be demolished in late 2020 to make way for a new, more modern venue.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Stadiums - Stadiums in Ecuador". www.worldstadiums.com. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  2. ^ Telégrafo, El (20 August 2012). "La nueva capacidad del Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa es de 35.742 personas". eltelegrafo.com.ec. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ (in Spanish) Infos at ecuafutbol.org Archived 2014-03-28 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Olimpico Atahualpa - Football Stadium". Football-Lineups. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. ^ "El estadio Olímpico Atahualpa será demolido a finales del 2020 y se levantará otro estadio con mayor capacidad" (in Spanish). 13 January 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa at Wikimedia Commons